What age do I have to be to become a Catholic priest in Ireland?
Canon Law – the universal law of the Catholic Church – states: The priesthood may be conferred only upon those who have completed their twenty-fifth year of age (Can. 1031 §1). Episcopal Conferences [the gathering of the bishops in a country] may issue a regulation which requires a later age for the priesthood (Can. 1031 §3).
25 years remains the minimum age for ordination in Ireland.
Most popular questions
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- As a priest, will I get to see and talk with family and friends regularly?
- Why do some priests wear religious clothes while others don’t?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- What’s the difference between a sister and a nun?